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New poll shows 67 percent of people are against a gas tax increase
Two-thirds of Americans oppose the idea of increasing the 18.4 cent-per-gallon gas tax that's used to fund the country's transportation infrastructure, according to a survey that was conducted by SKDKnickerbocker and Benenson Strategy Group.
December 19, 2014 – Better Roads

Stabenow: Section 179 Vote Likely in the Next Few Days
Farmers who want to know whether they'll be able to deduct $25,000 or $500,000 on their latest machinery purchase in 2014 will have to sit tight for a few more days.
December 14, 2014 – AgWeb

House Dem introduces tax reform bill
Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) introduced a new plan Friday to pay for highway improvements through fresh revenues from offshore income.
December 12, 2014 – The Hill

Paying by the mile
In effort to assuage the dependence on gas tax revenue for road infrastructure funding, the Washington State Transportation Commission is expected to approve a pilot project designed to charge drivers for every mile they travel on public roads.
December 11, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

GOP rep.: Highway bill 'a priority for us'
The chairwoman of the House Republican Conference said Thursday that passing a long-term transportation funding bill will be a "priority" for GOP leaders in the next Congress.
December 4, 2014 – The Hill

Reps press for gas tax hike
A bipartisan pair of lawmakers pushed Wednesday for a 15-cent increase in the tax that is paid by drivers when they fill up at the pump.
December 3, 2014 – The Hill

The Lame Duck Home Stretch: Funding Federal Government, Extenders Top Agenda
The roller coaster ride on Capitol Hill continued last week. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced a deal on tax extenders package. But it was quickly derailed by an Obama administration veto threat.
December 1, 2014 – AED News

White House skeptical of possible deal on tax breaks
The White House on Monday appeared to throw cold water on an emerging deal in Congress on extending tax breaks, saying reports were "not promising."
November 24, 2014 – The Hill

House Ag Committee Chair Named
U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) was named the 50th chairman of the House Agricultural Committee. Selected by the House Republican Steering Committee, Conway succeeds Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who has held the post since 2011.
November 19, 2014 – AgriMarketing

Report shows federal dollars being devoted to existing infrastructure
According to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, in which federal highway funding allotments were analyzed, states utilized only, on average, 6% of the contract authority received from the federal government on new roads and bridges. The lion's share of funding was pumped into the existing infrastructure.
November 18, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Senate Blocks Keystone Pipeline Plan
The Senate has narrowly rejected a proposed extension of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, falling one vote short of the 60 needed to end debate on a bill that would authorize the project to proceed.
November 18, 2014 – ENR

Ag groups push for Section 179 action in lame duck
Agricultural organizations and business groups are pushing Congress to act on tax extender legislation before the end of the lame duck session, saying retroactive action in 2015 will be too late for many farmers, ranchers and businesses.
November 18, 2014 – AgriPulse

House passes bill approving Keystone XL pipeline
The House of Representatives today passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fate of the legislation in the Senate - and in the White House, should it get that far - remains uncertain.
November 14, 2014 – AgriPulse

States moving on gas tax hikes on their own
Several states are considering increases of their own gas taxes, as Congress struggles to come up to boost federal transportation funding.
November 13, 2014 – The Hill

Keystone Pipeline Bills Advance in Congress
Legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline began racing through the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans appeared to be coming together in a challenge of President Obama's oversight of the project.
November 13, 2014 – USAgNet

Transportation Initiatives Pass on Election Day
Voters across the nation again demonstrated they strongly support increased investment in transportation improvements, approving 60 of 90 (67 percent) transportation-related initiatives that were on the November ballot, according to a report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC).
November 7, 2014 – Rock Products

TransCanada eager for renewed Keystone push in Senate
The CEO of TransCanada, Russ Girling, said the pipeline developer is ready to work with the new GOP majority to "break the gridlock on Keystone [XL]."
November 5, 2014 – The Hill

Voters rally around transportation-funding measures
While the GOP was gaining control of the Senate on Election Day, the transportation industry also was receiving a great deal of support.
November 5, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Group hits Obama over fuel mandate in ads
Biofuels group Fuels America is launching an ad campaign in Washington, D.C., targeting President Obama over the administration's proposed renewable fuel mandate.
October 23, 2014 – The Hill

McCarthy: GOP will build off highway, port funding bills
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that Republicans would build off a 2012 highway funding and 2014 port spending measure to implement more reforms of government programs if they maintain the majority of the House in next month's elections.
October 22, 2014 – The Hill

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